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  1. Mantra Recitation Dream

    Thanks dwai. I intend to act upon this very fortunate gift I have had the good fortune of receiving. The words of encouragement and genuine help is the reason I keep coming back to the forums. The Dao Bums is indeed a special place.
  2. Mantra Recitation Dream

    Yes. That's the reason for the thread. I feel like I'm being urged to practice it, even though it's entirely different to me. Maybe what I think is right for me, actually isn't, and forces greater than myself know better.
  3. Mantra Recitation Dream

    Thanks for the replies. I'm not sure how, or if to, proceed. Mantra recitation seems at odds with my current practices and study. I've invested a lot of time, and money, in what I do, which all come from Chinese traditions. This is what is totally perplexing about it. Sanskrit mantras weren't even on my radar. A lot of years ago when I was searching for a path, I was briefly interested, but found myself more suited to Daoist practices.
  4. Mantra Recitation Dream

    Hi dwai. Yes I remember the mantra vividly, every syllable. I would prefer not to disclose it, even in a PM. I've heard it before, many years ago and also seen it in written form, but mantra is not a practice which I have as part of my cultivation routine, which is what has me so intrigued. Also the clarity of the whole experience. Like a dream but not a dream. Very difficult to put into words. After writing the OP, I did some searching online. Some were of the understanding that it is a very auspicious sign that should be pursued.
  5. Greetings all. I would like some advice and insight on something which happened to me last night/this morning. I was dreaming that I was repeatedly reciting a Sanskrit mantra. There were no visuals accompanying the sounds, only the mantra, entering my mind, and then me reciting it. As I started to wake from the dream, I was actually reciting the mantra out loud and kept repeating it. When I was fully awake I felt incredible. Is there a reason for this ? Am I being subconsciously prompted to follow a certain path ? A sign from God ? It's still so fresh in my mind which is also unusual as dreams tend to dissipate as time passes.
  6. Confucian Qi gong

    Over the last few days I've been pondering and meditating on the 'investigation of things' from the Daxue. What struck me was the sheer depth of such a short statement. As I suggested earlier, the investigation of things is the starting point for cultivating illustrious virtue. Without this investigation, self-cultivation is not possible as we read further down on the passage posted by ZYD : ''From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides." Investigating of things, then behaving appropriately after acquiring knowledge through this investigation, is self-cultivation. From my so far limited understanding, this process is repeated constantly, refining the self and eventually becoming a person of illustrious virtue. I believe I may have found myself a worthwhile life-path of study, practice and meditation. Thanks to everybody involved in contributing to this thread.
  7. Osho was about as materialistic as any 'guru figure' ever. Have you even read about his lifestyle ?
  8. Confucian Qi gong

    Thank you. What I find very appealing about cultivating the Confucian Dao, is the emphasis on behaviour, conduct, morality and humaneness. Traits that seem to be sadly lacking in the general populace these days.
  9. Confucian Qi gong

    Thank you.
  10. Confucian Qi gong

    This thread has so much good information and is fascinating. I am particularly interested in this statement from the Daxue as posted above : Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things. This 'investigation of things' seems to be the starting point for cultivating illustrious virtue. Is 'the investigation of things' a deep contemplative/meditative focus on life, society, people, nature, the way the stars move at night etc ?
  11. Book Sale

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  12. That's comforting to know CT. Sometimes I feel VERY alone, even in the midst of family and friends.
  13. I'm finding that compassion is a very difficult quality for me to develop personally. The use of the mani mantra in both formal meditation, and throughout my day has helped a great deal. I feel that part of me is softening somewhat. I know there's a long way to go, but with the right intent and daily practice, I can change myself.
  14. Very nice post CT, and all the best for the new year.
  15. 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao

    http://thetaobums.com/topic/14756-365-tao/